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jjohn

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2264 days ago

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I talked about making my shop mobile and have all but finished all the main carcass on 6 different cases to hold drawers and bigger tools. I bought inexpensive coasters from harbor freight (nothing wrong with them. They work fine). But, as I figured when using one of the tools sometimes I have to prop my knee against the box to stop it from wheeling away. LOL. Could be a safety issue. Been thinking of different ways to stop the moving, but haven’t come up with that perfect idea yet. Was wondering if anyone else has had this same problem, and how you took care of it. Or maybe not done this yourself but know what to do.

In my case the wheels were simple screwed on each corner under the case. There isn’t any stop levers on the wheels themselves so they are free to move in any direction. They are about 2” tall. Really need some fresh ideas on this one.
Thanks
Jim

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DaveH

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#1 posted 2264 days ago

I’ve been buying grizzly H0689 and H0693 casters for my mobile cabinets. I use 2 fixed and 2 swivel with brake. Seems easier to buy these than attempting to build some kind of lock. You could just buy some of the furniture cups sold to protect floors.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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Peter Oxley

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#2 posted 2264 days ago

I’m with Dave – the easiest solution is to buy two fixed and two swivel with brake castors.

Some mobile bases have retractable feet – threaded rod with a knob on one end and a pad on the other – you might try creating something like that. Or maybe attach cams to the sides of the cases to lift the wheels ever so slightly off the ground?

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 2264 days ago

I wanted my bowling alley table/workbench to be mobile, but to be rock-solid when I locked the wheels, so I built levers out of 2×6 and door hinges. The problem with swivel brake castors is that you still get the rocking as they turn, and even the heavy duty castors have a little spring and flex in them if you hit them hard, but if you drop the legs straight on to the pavement and retract the wheels, there’s none of that in the system.

Take a look at my mechanism, I was inspired by the roll-around system on my DeWalt planer table, and see what you can come up with from there.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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TomK

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#4 posted 2264 days ago

That’s what I used too, on my combo 3×4’ torsion box assembly table / storage unit and the HF castors work fine. Sometimes I have to use more than a toe to unlock, but that’s a small price to pay. With the weight of the tools stored underneath in addition to the weight of the top, it moves very little.

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